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A BLIND LOVE| Radhika Bhanu K

When the voice over the loudspeaker announces the arrival, at the Chennai International Airport, of the Air Asia from Beirut Sarath shouts with joy. He hurried towards the gate with a rose flower in his hand. He was eager to meet his girlfriend after six years. One by one the passengers of Air Asia are making their way out and far away he sees a girl with dark glasses and white tipped cane, being assisted by the airport staff finding a wayout from the crowd. Sarath finds the girl looking pretty good with curly long blond hair falling over her brown shrugs. She struggles to plot her way amidst over hundred people but in vain. Her disability falls in the eyes of no one, perhaps for her good looks. Sarath feels that unfair and yearns to help the girl but hesitates to do so for something inhibits him. But at the instant the blind girl falls down at the stairs, Sarath hurries to help her stand on her feet. He guards her, hires a cab and sends her off safely, looking at it until the disappearance. He now hears a voice calling,”Darling! Sarath!”. He turns around to find his girlfriend, Sara, waving with excitement. Sarath and Sara share words of greetings and care; decide to visit a restaurant. Sara discerns an insensible face with her boyfriend. As they enter the restaurant, Sara excuses herself to washroom and Sarath chooses a fine table for them with the same dull and disturbed face. At some instant, he gets shocked abruptly on witnessing the blind girl, sitting lonely at a table at a stone's throw and having a smile at her lips. When Sara returns, she stirs him saying, " You know that blind girl? She was sitting beside me on plane. She narrated her love story, as we got acquainted. She said ,' My boyfriend cares me a lot. We met probably fifteen years before, when were teens. Eversince, we share a selfless love for each other. Even when I lost my sight with an accident, he stayed at my hands for my solace. Now I'm really excited to meet him after these many months of my education.' But I could find no one with her now!" Sarath, with tears showering down his eyes, says " Yeah I know her. She is Aditi. Her boyfriend is no one but Sarath. He left her for her suffering disability. He did not stand by her! He chose, rather, another girl named Sara! Now he stands here a guilty for having been so selfish! But she still loves him in hallucination, thinking that he is still her soul!"

 
 
 
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